Fletcher House

Fletcher Family Home | Irwin County, GA | c. 1880s

Wiley Fletcher with his sons in front of this home before the dogtrot had been enclosed.

Wiley Fletcher with his sons in front of this home before the dogtrot had been enclosed.

Built in the mid-1800s, the Fletcher Family home was originally a dogtrot style with a central hall down the middle of the, capped by dual doors on either end. Off the back of the house was a porch and an additional wing for the detached kitchen.

In the 1880s, the family home was adapted for more contemporary family living when E.G.M. Fletcher (who had grown up here) married his first wife, Polly. They enclosed the dogtrot and likely made other upgrades to make the home more comfortable.

They would live together in this home until she passed away in 1916.

 

According to a local, he remembers Elbert being a distinguished, mustachioed-gentleman who spent many an afternoon in his rocking chair on this porch. Oddly enough, I was able to track down an image of Elbert, mustached and posing in his rocking chair in front of this home with his first wife, Polly.

 
E.G.M. Fletcher and his first wife, Polly in front of this home

E.G.M. Fletcher and his first wife, Polly in front of this home

When I visited in 2017, pine trees were being harvested on the surrounding land where cotton used to grow

When I visited in 2017, pine trees were being harvested on the surrounding land where cotton used to grow

E.G.M. Fletcher with his adult children, and his second wife, Ruth Turner

E.G.M. Fletcher with his adult children, and his second wife, Ruth Turner